Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Sachin Gore, Owner
Welcome, I'm Sachin!
While I am now a business owner and educator, my education and experience are actually in the field of engineering. I went to Penn State where I completed my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering. I later completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Drexel University. If you haven't figured it out by now, I grew up in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia!
I love teaching kids math because I feel math is such an important life skill and I know that many students find math to be frustrating and confusing. Using math to solve engineering and business problems was key to success in my own career. While math came relatively easy to me, my son, now in 11th grade, struggled to "get" math and I struggled to teach it to him in a way that made sense until we discovered Mathnasium!
During my engineering career, I worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan for a few years before moving to Minnesota to work at Andersen Windows in Bayport for 17 years. During that time, I had the opportunity to help start up a new factory, improve existing products and develop new products. I also recently taught math at a local private high school, so I have experience with kids in a classroom and understand how to support kids with school math.
In addition to living and working in the St. Croix Valley with my wife and son, I enjoy teaching personal finance, business, and entrepreneurship in K-12 classrooms as a Junior Achievement volunteer. I am also on the board of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association (SCVAA) and mentor high school students through Rotary's STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) program.
Alex Mondragon, Center Director
Hi there! I’m Alex, I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary education with an emphasis in math and science from the University of St. Thomas.
I am a dedicated life-long learner. I love to encourage our younger generation to be excited and engaged in learning. I love to share my passion for math with all of my students. The thing I love the most about teaching math is watching the growth in confidence in every child with their math skills. Students excitement about learning is the most rewarding thing as an educator.
I’m from Colorado and moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2010 to attend the University of St. Thomas. After college, I was an early childhood educator in Saint Paul for 5 years. I worked with a variety of ages groups, but spent most of my time with toddlers, and preschool students. More recently, I had been working as a restaurant manager in Saint Paul. In my free time, I enjoy baking, crafting, and photography. I enjoy visiting state parks, hiking and kayaking during the warmer months.
Shad Vork, Senior Math Coach
Hi, I’m Shad. I have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics.
I tutored math throughout college but went in an altogether different direction for a career. In the past few years, I tutored a couple of family members in high school math and ACT prep. Through this time, I remembered how much I love math as well as seeing others learn it.
My other interests include playing trombone with Stillwater’s Valley Concert Winds, playing games with my family and studying the Bible.
Dan Geister, Senior Math Coach
Hi! I’m Dan and I am from River Falls, Wisconsin. I have a bachelor's degree in Geology.
I have been working in education since 2005 and at Rutherford Elementary in Stillwater since 2015. I've been also teaching at Mathnasium since 2016.
Outside of teaching I have an abundance of interests. I am involved with the Pierce County Historical Association and have a major interest in local history. This passion has led me to write two local history books. I also love Star Wars, consider myself an 80’s Music Enthusiast and Collector and I’m always on the hunt for old albums.
Ruby Suro, Math Coach
Hi, I'm Ruby! I am a sophomore at Stillwater Area High School. I am taking AP Calculus AB this year. Math has always been one of my passions. Helping others understand and thrive in math always makes me happy.
Along with math, I love to perform by acting, singing, and dancing. I sing in Stillwater High School's Belle Chanter choir, dance at Woodbury Dance Center, and do plays and musicals with several theaters. I enjoy speaking Chinese and hanging out with my family and friends.
Our Online Team
Celeste Nelson, @Home Center Director
Hi, I'm Celeste! I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics/secondary education and a master's degree in education. The past thirty years I have been working in the education field. Most of that time has been spent teaching middle school math and graduate level technology courses. Currently, I am the Math Interventionist for Hudson Middle School.
In 2018, I joined the Hudson Mathnasium in-center team. In the spring of 2020, I started working with Mathnasium@Home. I still do some instructing; however, my main responsibilities involve preparing the @Home classrooms and student materials. Two things I like the most about Mathnasium are the individualized learning plans and watching students develop their math skills.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my son and our dog. I love to travel, read, craft, watch movies, scrapbook via Shutterfly, and complete Sudoku puzzles.
Philip Herder, Higher Math Coach
Hi, I'm Philip. I'm currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Strenth & Conditioning program. I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise & Sports Science, with minors in Coaching and Sports Management.
I enjoy working with youth and helping them grow as individuals. Math was always my favorite subject growing up. The highest level of math I was able to do was Calculus and Statistics. I enjoy the challenge math offers and am ambitious to solve every problem.
My other interests include playing and watching sports, any activity outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
Gail Gerdts, Math Coach
Hi, I'm Gail. I am a retired teacher. I have taught preschool through 12th grade in all subjects the last 35 years. My most recent experience was 21 years at Hudson Middle School as a Special Education teacher, with a focus on Learning Disabilities.
Teaching at Mathnasium@Home has been a fantastic experience for me. It allows me to do what I love, while staying home. I enjoy helping students that are finding something to be a challenge. I so enjoy watching them be uplifted when they understand a concept. I had a student tell me, "At first it is hard, then I start to get it half way. Then, I understand and it is easy".
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy family time. I have three children, a daughter and boy-girl twins that are all in college. I also enjoy sewing, reading, and traveling when times allows.
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